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DGP conference: Modi’s new mantra, from ‘smart’ to ‘sensitive’ policing

The event is also likely to boost popularity of Dhordo which hosts winter festival "Rann Utsav" which was started by Modi when he was the chief minister.

Written by Satish Jha |
Updated: December 21, 2015 9:01:35 pm
DGP conference, Narendra Modi, Modi DGP conference, Modi rann of Kutch, modi kutch news, narendra modi news, india news, latest news Kutch : Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and MoS for Home Kirren Rijiju leave after a meeting during 3-day DGP Conference at Dhordo, Kutch in Gujarat on Saturday. PTI Photo (PTI12_19_2015_000300B)

From “smart” policing in 2014 in Guwahati to a “sensitive” policing in 2015 at Dhordo, Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken the annual All-India Director General of Police (DGP) Conference to a new level adding a touch of glamour and spirituality to an otherwise straitjacketed event.

This was for the first time that a PM remained present on all days of the conference discussing a range of issues related to internal security right from lurking danger of ISIS threat to women’s safety. Intelligence and policing has been a favourite subject of Modi even in his earlier role as chief minister of Gujarat, when he launched the Gujarat Forensic Science University, and the Raksha Shakti University, to upgrade quality of police training.

In 2014 Modi shifted conference’s permanent venue from Delhi to Guwahati for the first time since its inception in 1965, where he spoke on “S-Sensitive and Strict, M-Modern and Mobile, A-Alert and Accountable, R-Responsive and Reliable, T-Techno savvy and Trained” police.

Similarly, this year he said that “sensitivity has to be vital element of policing. Police forces should establish strong links with local community and connect with people.” Modi also launched a website “Indian police in service of nation,” a single web platform promising to contain information of all state police.

Later Modi emphasized for a better inter-state police coordination. He also sought reports of implementation of works initiated during the conference like “Reforms needed at PS (police station) level, raising competitive spirit at PS level, reviving beat constable system to collect information, improving behavior of policemen, maintaining cleanliness at PS and winning confidence of vulnerable sections,” “Initiative towards SMART policing,” “Inter-state police coordination and bringing symmetry in police insignia/uniform,” “Changes needed in laws/procedures to improve investigation and prosecution. Improving coordination among prosecution, investigation and judiciary,” “Disaster management and post 2001 Earthquake relief work; and safe school programme,” and “woman safety and tourist police.” There were discussions on “Police Universities in the country and forensic Science University of Gujarat.”

The event is also likely to boost popularity of Dhordo which hosts winter festival “Rann Utsav” which was started by Modi when he was the chief minister. He turned this barren land of white sand, neglected for being located at strategic point due to proximity with Pakistan border, into a popular tourist hot spot where people from India and abroad throng with the onset of winter.

This has been the trademark of Modi’s style of functioning. He changed several rituals of the state machinery which had become mundane over the years. For example, the celebration of Independence Day and Republic Day. As a chief minister Modi shifted the venue of such celebrations from capital Gandhinagar to district level, in the grassroots and milked the sleepy state machinery to its fullest capacity. Such functions at least changed the face of districts, built roads and cleaned the streets, and most important, it jolted the bureaucracy out of slumber, even for the sake of hosting the CM.

In similar manner, the DGP conference is now ceased to be an annual function where police chiefs would meet, exchange pleasantry and listen to their prime minister speak for few minutes. A DGP rank police officer was quick to add how impressed he was with Modi, who as a prime minister spent all the three days with them, a first in the history of the conference.

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